New Delhi, Mar 22, 2023: A day after former Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia moved his bail petition in the Rouse Avenue Court in a money laundering case linked to the excise policy, Delhi’s Rouse Avenue court on Wednesday sent him to judicial custody till April 5. Sisodia was produced before Special Judge MK Nagpal of Rouse Avenue Courts on the expiry of his custody under the Enforcement Directorate (ED).
During the hearing, Manish Sisodia submitted an application that mentioned he wanted to read some more books in jail. Responding to this, the court said that the books Sisodia wants will be given to him.
On Tuesday, Sisodia’s lawyers argued that no incriminating material was revealed during searches led by the CBI. Senior Counsels Dayan Krishnan and Mohit Mathur appearing for Manish Sisodia also argued that he cooperated in the investigation and none of the CBI’s searches revealed anything exceptional that would require his further custody.
However, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) opposed his bail plea saying Manish Sisodia may not be a flight risk, but he is a definite risk who will destroy evidence. “A person is a saint till his irregularities and illegalities are not discovered,” Special Public Prosecutor for CBI, advocate DP Singh said.
The central agency arrested Sisodia on March 9 in the Tihar jail, where he was lodged in connection with the excise policy case probed by the CBI.
As per the ED, Manish Sisodia was involved in "large-scale destruction of digital evidence to impede investigation" into the Delhi liquor policy case and had changed and destroyed 14 phones.
The agency has also alleged that Sisodia had withheld information which is in his "exclusive knowledge" and "extremely relevant to the investigation".
Earlier, the central agency told the court that Sisodia was "actually involved in the activity connected to the acquisition, possession and use of proceeds of crime" and "therefore guilty of the offence of money laundering".
Courtesy: India Today